Friday, 10 August 2007

Time to get cosy


It's official - I'm now suffering from ragrugger's thumb! Perhaps not the most technical of names but nonetheless a real affliction!

Symptoms including an overwhelming reluctance to go near another pair of scissors ever again, complete phobia of stripping fabrics into rags and holding a rag hook for the foreseeable future.

Outward signs aren't hard to miss, a bleeding knuckle or two from sore blisters, callouses on thumbs and in more extreme cases, as in mine today, the apparent appearance of the beginning of an extra thumb as thumb joint is so red and inflammed.

Dabhanders (no pun intended) should be well aware of the symptoms and should know better than attempt to make half a dozen tea cosies and pompoms without applying first ample supplies of plasters and corn pads over knuckles and thumb joint. No sympathy should be extended to those of us, ie me, who should have known better!!!


After weeks of dyeing, cutting, ragging and more cutting, my order is finally ready.


This little lot are heading off along the coast to this shop - Made in Hastings, which has to be one of my favourite shops. I am so excited!!! Thrilled that they wanted some of my things and well worth the dodgy thumb!

I had some fun with this lot, choosing bright summery colours and lovely trims. As I seem to be suffering from selective memory loss I will be starting a whole new batch of hearts too - all thoughts of aching thumbs forgotten as soon as I get near that fabric ....

Enjoy your weekend.

39 comments:

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Oh my gosh-they are STUNNING!!! What a lot of work must have gone into them,no wonder your hands are aching!!!

kat-out-of-the-bag said...

Wow...what fabulous work,I especially love the pompoms,a delight for any baby,I hope you can treat yourself to a hand massage and a manicure after all that, you so deserve it,well done.
Kat =^..^=

Liz said...

Made In Hastings...I love that shop too (have you been to Judges bakery?)

Vintage Amethyst said...

Yummy colours! What a lot of work you have done.
Just checked the link of the shop out and it looks fab too!
Alison x

Miles Away In France said...

Ooh, such eye candy. I love all the colours.
Racheal x

French Knots said...

They look wonderful and will get lots of attention in the shop I'm sure. I read an article recently about it and the ladies who run it,sounds a great place to be selling your work.

Lynda said...

I'm always in awe at your eye for colour, Kim! These cosies are beautiful! I took a peek at the shop ~ lots of lovely things. Enjoy your weekend and rest your sore, tired hands! ♥

Picture it in Stitches said...

Wow - they are all really lovely. I especially love the chequered ones. I read about Made in Hastings in the Country Living magazine and it looks like a lovely shop. Hope your hands are better soon. Sarah x

Heidijayhawk said...

POOR baby!! i feel your pain! and you have truly sufered for your art now! lovely!

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Wow...they're beautiful. How did you get into rag rugging Kim? It would be really interesting to hear more about your particular craft. I read about Made in Hastings too in Country Living, sound like a great excuse for a day trip!
Gillx

The French Nest said...

Absolutely stunning! Have a relaxing weekend (treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure!)

Kate

Tea Time and Roses said...

Absolutely beautiful! You know the old saying...sometimes beauty hurts!(smile). You do fabulous work.

Hugs...

Beverly

Rowan said...

Poor you - hope all your sore thumb symptoms soon disappear. I think it's been worth it though, the teacosies and pompoms are lovely. Try some comfrey ointment on that sore thumb joint and take it easy for a while.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Oh wow! They are amazing!! A lot of work though, but well work it in my opinion.Sorry about the sore fingers though, but think how much pleasure they will give someone at teatime.

Vintage to Victorian said...

No sympathy offered, as requested!! Did the same once, trying my hand at some rush seating!!

Thanks, Kim - all seems back to normal on my blog now, although the keyboard is still selective in what it types. That might just be coincidence in which case a new one could be required - and I can't find the spare!

Love the teacosies of course, and the pompoms look great. The shop looks fascinating. Have fun!

Sue x

Chookyblue said...

they look great so it is worth all the pain........

Alison said...

They are gorgeous Kim!!
Don't tell hubby but I have 'borrowed' his laptop while all the boys are out playing golf!!!:-)
Alison x

Tracy said...

WOW--You have been busy! Just FABULOUS!! Those tea cosies are splendid! And they go to Made in Hastings!! I would love to see that shop! But no wonder you are in pain...such a lot you have accomplished! Hope your hands are feeling better soon! Rest them this weekend ((HUGS))

She'sSewPretty said...

Kim!! Those are all so cute! Your poor thumb!!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Gorgeous work, Kim! You must be so pleased! Take care of those hands... they produce beautiful treasures!

OhSoVintage said...

These are absolutely stunning and so individual and different, I've never seen anything similar anywhere. Well done!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Wow!!! I love them!!!!! My goodness you have been busy...no wonder your poor little thumb is sore. great colors too!

Sorry haven't been over in awhile... summer is just so busy as I am sure you know! Heather :)

carolyn said...

Many congratualions on getting into Made in Hastings - the cosies are amazing and unique, hope that thumb soon feels better.

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Hi Kim,
You've been given the Nice Matters Award. Thanks for such a gorgeous blog, I love seeing what you've been up to.
Gill

Victoria May Plum said...

wow! loveliness galore!
I always love your creations, and I think that they will do fantastically well in Made in Hastings.

Take care of those fingers!

Victoria x

mollycupcakes said...

Well done honey for all your hard work, I bet your very pleased with yourself. And to right.

Owww I love that shop in Hastings, going to have to go there. I read all about that one in my Country Living Mag. I hope they continue to buy from you. Will go soon.

Take care x
Catherine x

cd&m said...

Those tea cosies are just amazing, hope your poor hands are better soon.

buttercup & roses said...

well done you, you have been working very hard indeed!

They look just fabulous, Im going to have a quick peek at the website and see what other goodies they have...

Jennifer.x

meggie said...

I have you named for a Nice Matters award Kim!
I wont feel offended if you dont want to carry it forward. Or you might have already been awarded?

Chookyblue said...

thanks for the info on my swap....did you want to join or not I am unsure?

Nonnie said...

The tea cosies are absolutely gorgeous. Great order! I keep wanting to pay a visit to Made in Hastings having read about them in County Living. Very exciting to have your cosies in their shop.

Samantha said...

Hi Kim,
they are beautiful - I am sure the customers in Made in Hastings will agree too!

Clare said...

Hi Kim

That affliction has a wonderful ring to it! Wow, what some beautiful creations - hope you do grow another thumb or two so you can carry on creating!

I have read about the shop, how brilliant to be supplying them with your lovely things!

Congratulations on the award!

Clare x

Twinkle Pink said...

I love all the colours, and the results are beautiful, those
T-cosy's are fab, I'm going to have to have one of those.

Best wishes Ginny

Marie said...

Hi Kim

I'm sure that you think that they were worth the effort...they are beautiful. Take care of those sore hands...lavender is good for grazed knuckles.

Marie x

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Bless your heart and hands!!
From where I sit I can say it was all worth it...everything looks scrumptious!!!

maramcp said...

Wow! I was looking for tea cosy patterns for the St.John's Ambulance tea cosy knit, and came across your amazing rag creations - they are stunning!

Maramcp

Mirre said...

Wow, what an amazing bunch!
I love your pompoms too!!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! You've been a busy girl while I've been away! They're all beautiful and I love the new balls with the ricrac -- very clever!